Friday, October 28, 2011

Photo's of Cruise 10-2011

First look at the ship, Oasis of the Sea, and we said"holy ship" look at the size of that ship.
Docked in Labadee, a private island  on the north coast of Haiti..
Docked in Cozumel Mexico, our ship in the middle. Note how it dwarfts the other cruise ship.
Looking at our ship docked in Falmonth Jamaica. Looking at it from the outback on our way back to the ship after our dune buggy tour.
A picture of our room looking out at the balcony.
Looking down at Central Park in the middle of the ship.

Looking at fountain on the Royal Promenade
Looking down at the boardwalk deck with the Aqua theater in the back.
Looking at the Entertainment deck.
Looking at the Aqua Theater
Looking at The rock climbing walls.
That's our daughter in law Dawn climbing the wall.
Looking at Royal Promenade deck with the bar on the left that  raisers and lowers between 3 decks.
This is the ice skateing rink, also used for the ice show and a club.
Our ship docked in Labadee, and the beach on the island.
A history of the ruins at Tulum in Mexico
Some of the many ruins. The heat index the day we toured was 105.
Tourist, our son Cyril with Linda and his wife Dawn. That's a radio around their necks to listen to the tour guide.
More tourist, or who is that good looking couple.

Same couple on the ship before we left port in FL.
Bob and Dawn are always trying to make new friends.
After our dune buggy ride, waiting for the bus. some had to eat.
A sun rise at Labradee.
What is this cute little animal? We saw him in Cosmel Mexico.
One of many, many iguanas.
Yucatan Jays, behind a fence.
Three eager tourist getting ready for their dune buggy ride.

Glad Cyril and Dawn got together and signed us up for all tours and shows on line. There were only about 20 couples got to do the dune buggy  tour. Thats a few out of 5,400 passengers.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Back from our cruise

       Hi, just a short note to let you all know we are back at the Thousand trails RV Resort in Orlando/Clermont. We had a super Cruise. It was great to spend a weeks vacation with our son Cyril and his wife Dawn. It came to an end to quick. We all had a great time, and need another week to rest. The ship "Oasis of the Seas" was magnificent. It is the largest cruise ship in the world. It is hard to believe your are on a ship with all the space and all the different neighborhoods. We will add photo's and more information in the future. We just want to let you all know we are back safe and sound, as well as our son and his wife.
Blazer made out fine on his vacation. It is the first time he was ever boarded, and he did well. He is still doing "ok".
A video of one of our shore tours. The ATV in front of us is our son and daughter-in-law. We will add more photo's in the near future. We have many many photo's to sort thur. Also some fun facts about the ship. The one fact I found interesting is fuel  consumption,  "31 feet per gallon".

Monday, October 10, 2011

Three Flags RV PK,

 Date; 10/6-10/10/2011
Location; 1755 E State Road 44, Wildwood FL 34785  Three flags is a Mid Atlantic park, part of Thousand Trails.
Coast; $0.00 as members of TT. I believe for non members it was $35.  a night.
Site; We had a level grass pull Thur 50 amp full hook up. Only problem with the hook up was the sewer connection was about 12 inches high. We had a small, 8x10 cement patio. Some sites had larger patios, but most didn't have patio's. There is no privacy between sites. Site were a good size, normal commerical, size. We were in the front of the park, with very little shade. In the back of the park there are some nice back ins that are bigger and have some shade. The roads are all paved.
Laundry; There is a nice laundry with 6 washers and dryers. $2. a load each.
Phone,Wifi,TV. Verizon cell phone worked well. Wifi is Thur Tengo-$4.95 day with weekly and monthly rate-$20 and $40. The first 4 hours are free. The signal was good. TV over the air, we only got 3 channels, NBC and two odd channels. No cable.
Dog Friendly; Yes a good size fenced in dog run in the back of the park. Lot of walking area.
Night; Lighting was good. Some light road noise. Distance train noise.
Book Exchange; Small book exchange
Amenities; A small pool. A very nice clubhouse. No planned activities at this time, only about 15 RV's in the park. A mini golf.
Summary; We would stay here again. Park seemed to be very well maintained, mowed grass, no leaves laying around etc. We would recommend this park. When full it may seem a bit crowed. This is why I would choose a back in on the perimeter in the back, not in the back center. Even though it rained almost the whole time we were here it did not get muddy or swampy. It is a nice park. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

We are in Florida

Just a quick note to let you all know we are in FL. Arrived at Three Flags RV Park in Wildwood, a Thousand Trails Park. We arrived on Thursday mid afternoon. It started to rain for a short time. Then on Friday afternoon it started to rain, and is still raining late Sunday afternoon. We will be leaving here Monday morning going to Thousand Trails Orlando/Clermont. We will be there for 3 weeks (or at least our RV will Be).  On Saturday we will be leaving for a cruise for a week.  Nov and Dec we will be volunteering at Anastasia State Park in  ST Augustine. Blazer made the trip with no problems. He is still doing OK, wanting to play all the time.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fort Chiswell RV Park Wytheville VA

Date of Stay;10/1/2011
Location;312 Fort Chiswell Road  Mad Meadows  VA  24360, phone 276 637 6868.  About ½ mile off I81., and about 1.5 miles off I77.  Near Wytheville
Site; Full hook up pull thur.  Site was level gravel. 50 amp electric. Picnic  table at site.  Site was gravel. Most sites are pull Thurs.
Laundry; Nice clean laundry w/4 washers and dryers.
TV Phone Wifi; Cable TV, Good Verizon service,not sure about wifi 
Dog Friendly; A lot of area to walk a dog.
Amenities; just used for an overnight so didn’t check out, but did note they had a pool and two small ponds for fishing.
Summary; A good overnight stop off I81. With Good Sam discount $38.68, a bit pricey for an overnight. Only discount is good Sam. We only hooked up  electric  and cable. Flying J at exit. 3-4 fast food restaurants at exit  
Big Rig Friendly; Yes, but roads are a little narrow between rows.
Price, discounts, clubs; $31.68 with Good Sam discount. Only discount accept.
Opinion: Good overnight stop. We would probably look for a different less expensive park
Photo's sorry no pictures.

The Oaks at Point South Yemassee SC, date 10/1/2011

Location; 1292 Campground Road,  Yemassee SC 29945 Phone 843 726 5728 About a mile off I95.
Site; Full hook up 50 amp electric, pull thru level packed sand.  Roads and sites can use some gravel and patching. Grass what little there was needs mowing and trimming. Trees can use trimming. With a little work this could be a much better park. Picnic table at site in poor condition.  92 sites, most are pull Thurs.  
Laundry; there is a laundry, but we didn’t check it out.
TV, Wi-fi, Phone;  Cable TV, about 15 channels, $2.70 night extra . Wifi, $4.95 night, Verizon good service.
Dog Friendly;  Yes, lots of area to walk a dog.
Amenities; Swimming pool (close)over grown play area, ponds for fishing.
Summary; This could be a much better park with a little work . Good location right off interstate. Good location to visit Beauford SC.
Big Rig Friendly; Yes , but be careful of some tight turns.
Price, Discounts,Clubs; our coast $0.00, part of Thousand Trails. They do take Passport America with reservations only. Also Good Sam discount.
Opinion; We would stay here again. Its a good stop if traveling I95. Its is not a destination type park for us. The price for us at $0.00 makes it acceptable.
Photo's; taken on our last visit

Roamers Retreat RV Resort Kinzer PA

Date; June to Sept 2011
Location; Route 30(Business) Kinzer PA.
Site; While here we were on three different sites.  Sites 4 and 9 under pine trees, site 91 in lower loop on grass, no trees.  Even though we were on long term site, because of special events and letting weekenders reserve specific sites, we had to move three times. Long term and seasonal site are different. They let people reserve sites a year in advance.  We had full hookups with 30 amp electric. There are some 50 amp sites, but they are not long term.  Site 4 and 9 were back ins, and site 91 was pull thru.  All sites have a picnic table.   About half the sites have fire rings. There is no privacy on the lower loop.
Laundry; There is a clean laundry with 4 washers and dryers. Each is $2.50 a load.
TV,Wifi,Phone; Cable TV w/25 channels. Verizon phone was good, 3 to 4 bars. Wi-Fi was good to very good on all here sites.
Dog Friendly; A lot of areas to walk a dog.
Amenities; no planed activities, nice playground, a few video games.
Summary; We did enjoy this park other then the site changes. Under the pine trees was very dirty. The stuff was friendly and helpful.  Roads are gravel and sites  are gravel or grass. Low level lighting at night. There is a small book exchange.  There is road noise from a very busy route 30.
Comments; Located in the beautiful Lancaster County, surrounded by Amish farms. A super location for touring the area. Reasonably priced.  We paid $575. Month
Big Rig Friendly; Yes but be careful if in the upper section between the trees, some very tight turns
Price,Discounts, Clubs; Rate $30-47(special events). They accept Passport America, Good Sam 
Opinion: We would stay here again.
Photo's: first 4 are site #9, next 3 photo's our site #4, last four are from site #91, nice view from our site.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Some pictures from Lancaster PA, Aug/Sept 2011

Note the young boy.
Note the gas powered cutter. There were five teams and wagons.

The light color green is tobacco, a big cash crop for the Amish.

 Floridians note the size of the oranges we grow in PA.
 Tobacco drying in a barn.
 An Amish school.